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Ronald Koeman hails Everton commitment as Rooney saves point

Everton manager Ronald Koeman praised his side's "commitment" after a late Wayne Rooney penalty snatched a 1-1 draw at Brighton.

Struggling Everton were staring at another defeat when Anthony Knockaert put Brighton ahead eight minutes from time.

But home captain Bruno was penalised for fouling Dominic Calvert-Lewin with two minutes remaining and Rooney tucked home the equaliser.

"I think we deserved something out of the afternoon," Koeman said.

"We know we can play better, but the commitment and belief was really positive. At least it's one point.

"It's not easy in the Premier League, and going to Brighton, so let's hope that point gives the boys a little bit of confidence.

"Even at 1-0 down I thought we could come back and score a goal. The players kept the belief, and that's where I'm really proud of them.

"Taking penalties is not the most difficult job but, at that moment, if your team needs points and you keep calm then that is experience and that is world class."

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